Govt planning to bring in women''s reservation bill

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New Delhi, Feb 25 (PTI) Apparently trying to createfissures in the Opposition which had united on the issue ofJPC into the 2G spectrum scam, government is giving signalsthat it plans to bring the contentious Women''s ReservationBill in the Lok Sabha in this session.

Sources in the government said it accords "highpriority" to the passing of the bill that entails 33 per centreservation to women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

The bill has always remained a bugbear for Oppositionunity as parties championing the cause of OBCs are against themeasure in its present form and want a quota within quota.

"We will try to get all along...we will endeavour toarrive at a consensus that people agree to it and pass when itcomes before the House," a senior minister who declined to beidentifed said.

Sources in government said that while BJP issupporting the move, it wants that the House should be inorder when the bill is brought.

There is a realization in the government that withtempers still running high in some of the politicaldispensations against the bill prvovisions, any unanimity onthe issue is unlikely.

The Constitution Amendment bill has already beenpassed in the Rajya Sabha with the Congress making commoncause with the BJP and Left parties amid stiff opposition fromJD-U, RJD and Samajwadi Party.

A Constitutional Amendment bill cannot be passed withvoice vote and the House needs to be in order for voting totake place.

There is a clear understanding in the government thatit cannot pass the bill in Lok Sabha by marshalling outagitating members on the lines of what was done in Rajya Sabhaduring budget session last year when seven members from SP,RJD and LJP and one unattached were suspended and marshalledout from the House after they violently disrupted proceedings.

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